Cloud computing not only enables businesses to reduce costs, but it also facilitates the reduction of an organisation’s carbon footprint.
Cost and carbon reduction benefits come hand in hand, so an organisation can be environmentally friendly and profitable with cloud computing. This can happen in the following ways:
Cloud providers have positive relationships with suppliers; by working hand in hand providers can ensure that servers or any equipment purchased is tailored to fit their business requirements and will run in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way. By partnering with a cloud provider, you are ensuring that your data is stored on an environmentally conscious system.
Cloud providers operate much more efficiently when compared to most IT managers and internal departments. Through renting space on a shared provider platform, an organisation is immediately choosing to reduce their carbon footprint by sharing resources and reducing the number of individual servers working. As overestimating server capacity can be costly, providers have sophisticated tools on hand to make adjustments when required, so that servers and applications can perform to high standards.
Cloud storage enables users within the organisation to access important data, anywhere in the world as long as they have an active internet connection. By being able to access this information electronically, there is less of a requirement for paper copies of information.
As storage is infinite and controlled by the provider, organisations don’t have to worry about losing files as a result of a power outage or system error. Servers are automatically backed up by the provider which means that your organisation doesn’t have to spend money purchasing a second set of IT servers and equipment just to run backups in case something happens to the primary system. As several corporations will be using this space through the cloud provider, that’s several physical servers that are no longer required to run all the time – reducing the carbon footprint of each organisation dramatically.